Top Four 2009 Homecoming King and Queen Finalists Announced Today at the University of Nebraska Kearney

Tim Danube
associate director of the Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.8523

The top four 2009 Homecoming king and queen candidates were announced today at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Winners of the royalty competition will be announced at the close of the 7 p.m. Lip Sync competition on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the UNK Health and Sports Center. The eight, all whom are juniors or seniors, were nominated by UNK student organizations. Voting will take place via student e-mail accounts, and winners will be determined by popular vote.

The royalty finalists and the court will be featured in the Homecoming Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. After the parade, homecoming royalty and their families will join UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen in the Nebraskan Student Union Skybox to watch the football game. Royalty and the court will be introduced during half-time.

Homecoming finalists are listed below alphabetically by hometown, with king candidates first followed by queen candidates:

2009 King Finalists

Grand Island– Brad Green. Brad is the son of Kevin and Linda Green of Grand Island. He is representing Loper Liasons. He is a senior majoring in secondary history and special education. Brad is a member of social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, Loper Liasons, Chancellor’s Ambassadors, student government, Chrisitian Student Fellowship, Summer Advising and Enrollment and campus Diplomats. He is a member of the executive board for St. Jude’s “Up Til Dawn” fundraising event.

Humphrey– Anthony McPhillips. Anthony is the son of Eugene and Maureen McPhillips of Humphrey. He is representing Mantor Hall. Anthony is a senior majoring in elementary education and physical education K-12. He is the second oldest in a family of 12 children. Anthony is a student senator for the College of Education, a resident adviser for Mantor Hall and a member of the National Residence Hall Honor society and a member of social fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

Morrill– Jordan Gonzales. Jordan is the son of Lupe and Josie Gonzales of Morrill. He is representing student government. He is a junior majoring in political science. Jordan is speaker of the UNK student senate, president of social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, president of Cornerstone UNK and is the Loper Liasions high school coordinator. He also serves as a member of Chancellor’s Ambassadors, Locke & Key Society, a student Diplomat and student Envoy. Jordan is a recipient of the Nebraska Secretary of State Citation award, the UNK Greek of the Month award and the UNK Student Senator of the Year award.

Wayne– Nate Summerfield. Nate is the son of Sheryl and the late Marty Summerfield of Wayne. He is representing social fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha. Nate is a junior majoring in business finance with a minor in political science. Nate is president of Pi Kappa Alpha, student body vice president, a member of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), student Diplomats, Loper Liasons, Summer Advising and Enrollment and Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Last year, he was the recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Sophomore award.

2009 Queen Finalists

Creston– Emily Wemhoff. Emily is the daughter of David and Geraldine Wemhoff of Creston. She is representing Mantor Hall. Emily is a public relations major with a psychology minor. She currently serves as a mentor for the Thompson Scholar Learning Community, a member of the UNK Nebraskats show choir and a Chancellor’s Ambassador. Her achievements include being on the Deans’ list and inducted into Students in Mass Media (SIMM). In 2002, Emily founded Project S.A.F.E. which has provided her with numerous honors including Seventeen Magazine All-Star award, National Caring award, Mountain Dew Voltage Scholarship and Prudential Spirit of Community award.

Grand Island– Andrea May. Andrea is the daughter of Chris and Ellen May of Grand Island. She is representing Antelope Hall. Andrea is a junior majoring in elementary education with a coaching endorsement. She is a resident adviser in Antelope Hall, president of the residential adviser council, vice president of Philanthropy in National Residence Hall Honor society (NRHH) and on the executive board of the UNK Loper Legion. Andrea is also involved in the UNK Honors Program, Phi Eta Sigma, Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN) and the Newman Center.

Kearney– Sarah Nordhues. Sarah is the daughter of Bob and Patti Nordhues of Kearney. She is representing Loper Liasons. Sarah is a junior majoring in elementary and special education. She is vice president of member education for Loper Liasons, vice president of recruitment for social sorority Alpha Phi, a Chancellor’s Ambassador, student Diplomat, Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN), Summer Advising and Enrollment student leader, former member and co-captain of the Sapphires dance team, Kappa Delta Pi honor society secretary and a dance instructor at Just for Kix.

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Wayne– Regan Ruhl. Regan is the daughter of Rocky and Sylvia Ruhl of Wayne. She is representing UNK student government. She is a senior majoring in sports and business administration. Regan is the director of student organizations and affairs for student government. She is also a member of the UNK Honors Program, vice president of Phi Eta Sigma honor society, an intramural student assistant, an intern for the 2009 Loper Women’s Walk and a member of Sports Administration Majors (SAM) club.